Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some of your questions regarding the 14th & Old Cheney Intersection Improvement Project

In 2012, the city embarked on an innovative approach to solving one of Lincoln’s toughest transportation problems: the traffic congestion and safety concerns surrounding the intersections by 14th Street and Old Cheney Road. The innovative approach was a design competition, through which three engineering teams were asked to evaluate the current intersection and independently come up with their best concept that addressed the identified goals and community input. The team with the best design would receive a contract to complete the final design. In 2015, the city announced the winning concept. This concept was chosen because it proved to be the greatest balance of city-identified goals and community stakeholder-identified priorities.
The city undertook an inexpensive alternative to improve traffic flow that simply required re-striping lane lines and changing traffic signs. While these improvements have helped ease traffic congestion so far, this immediate measure was never envisioned as a permanent solution. It is anticipated that the new intersection design will operate to the design year of 2045.
The project includes reconstructing the roadway corridors along Warlick Blvd/14th St from Creekside Dr to Cushman Dr, 14th St from Brookridge Cir to Old Cheney Rd, Old Cheney Rd from Warlick Blvd to 18th St, and 16th St from Old Cheney Rd to north of Normandy Ct. Improvements will enhance mobility and safety for motorists and pedestrians through the corridors.
Yes. This project seeks to enhance the safety of all modes of travel. As such, the planned improvements include a pedestrian underpass, which will enable pedestrians and bicyclist using the Rock Island trail to safely cross under Old Cheney Road, just east of 16th Street.
Refinement of the design concept began in February 2016. Detailed design work for the intersection improvement project began in fall 2016 and continue until fall 2018. After the necessary permits are obtained, right-of-way is acquired, and utilities are relocated, construction will tentatively begin in early 2020 and be completed by late 2021. The anticipated project schedule is available on the process page.
Yes, travel will be maintained throughout the entirety of construction, however there will be lane restrictions. Business and neighborhood access will be provided at all times. Information about the phasing of the construction is available on the design page.
The contractor will coordinate construction phasing with local emergency service providers to minimize and possibly eliminate any potential delay to response times.
Construction costs have not been finalized at this time. The construction cost is anticipated to be approximately $25 million. The total project cost is expected to be between $30 – $36 million depending on ROW costs, permitting, final construction phasing, and bid prices received. Utilizing this cost information, the benefit cost ratio is 6:1.
The city and project team carefully reviewed public comments on the conceptual design provided at the June 2016 open house, and the following benefits would be achieved with this new t-intersection alignment:

  • similar roadway alignment to existing configuration;
  • less private property needs to be acquired for permanent right-of-way to reduce impact on residents; and
  • potential improvements to overall constructability.
Public involvement has been central to the project since the 2012 design competition, during which project area stakeholders identified community priorities that the proposed designs were to incorporate. Throughout the design phase, the public continued to be involved through a series of three public open house meetings at key design milestones. The project team has and continues to work with project area stakeholders to ensure this intersection improvement remains a community-informed design.
A pre-construction public meeting will be held to share final construction phasing details before construction begins in late 2019 or early 2020. You can also sign-up for email updates for the project here.
The City of Lincoln and its consultants will strive to ensure the final intersection design requires the absolute minimal amount of right-of-way possible. Minimal right-of-way acquisition has been a priority for this intersection improvement project since the design competition. Those with right-of-way impacts will be contacted in 2018.
Yes, there are examples of elevated roundabouts in the United States, and you also can find additional examples in Canada, Europe and South America.
Removing snow from the upper level of this intersection design will not be much different than removing snow from a number of overpasses throughout Lincoln, such as the Harris overpass on “O” Street and 14th Street over Cornhusker Highway. The Department of Public Works and Utilities can provide the exact details, but the city already handles this kind of maintenance across the community.
This tree removal was unrelated to the 14th & Old Cheney Improvement Project and was the result of construction for a separate city public works project.